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Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM.
Spot On conversations are free and open to the public, but you are recommended to reserve your seat by contacting the Box Office at or by calling (802) 296-7000.

2023-2024 Season Spot On Series

Sunday, December 17th, following the 2 PM Performance

Spot On Event 1: Holiday Arts & Crafts with rePlay Arts

Join us and rePlay Arts, and rejoice in the holiday season with some family-friendly artmaking after the 2PM matinee! What can be better than unlimited hot chocolate and crafting on a Sunday afternoon? All are welcome!

Spot On Event 2: A Deep Dive into Dickens' World

Charles Dickens wrote the original novella that inspired A Christmas Carol in 1843, and the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. Join Victorian scholars and Dartmouth faculty members Carolyn Dever and Bob Bonner to learn more about the context surrounding this literary classic. Who was Charles Dickens and why did he set out to save Christmas?


Or Call 802-296-7000

rePlay Arts is a community based arts organization with a mission to inspire and promote environmentally sustainable practices through creative reuse. We offer hands-on opportunities that highlight the importance of sustainability, creativity, and experiential learning for audiences of all ages and abilities.

Robert Bonner has taught 19th century American history at Dartmouth since 2011. His teaching and research focus on the politics of slavery during the era of the American Civil War. That is the focus of most of his scholarship. Prior to moving to Hanover, he taught in Maine and Michigan, earned degrees from Yale and Princeton, and grew up in Tennessee.

Carolyn Dever is a scholar and teacher of British literature and culture of the nineteenth century. She is the author of Chains of Love and Beauty: The Diary of Michael Field (Princeton University Press, 2022), and the editor of One Soul We Divided: A Critical Edition of the Diary of Michael Field (Princeton University Press, 2023). Dever’s earlier books include Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins (Cambridge), Skeptical Feminisms: Activist Theory, Activist Practice (Minnesota), The Literary Channel: The Inter-National Invention of the Novel (Princeton), and The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope (Cambridge). She is co-editor, with Amy Kahrmann Huseby, of the ongoing Cambridge History of Victorian Women’s Writing.